Beyond the Trees (Paperback)

Stories of Wisconsin Forests

By Candice Gaukel Andrews

Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 9780870204678, 336pp.

Publication Date: May 30, 2011

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Nature writer Candice Andrews weaves together contemporary observations and historical reminisces in Beyond the Trees: Stories of Wisconsin Forests. Readers will journey to some of the most pristine and notable places in the Upper Midwest—Wisconsin’s state and national forests.

The diversity of landscapes evoked in Beyond the Trees is matched only by the characters who inhabit them. Traverse the footsteps of Ojibwe hunters and early explorers in the remote woods of Brule River State Forest. Trek past the remains of bygone logging and CCC camps in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. Glimpse into the world of Great Lakes shipping in Point Beach State Forest. Walk on trails named after John Muir and Increase Lapham in the Kettle Moraine State Forest, and experience urban green space at Milwaukee’s Havenwoods State Forest. From orchids to oak savanna, beaver to brook trout, and white-tailed deer to timber wolves, discover Wisconsin’s wildlife and flora and fauna. Archival images, informative sidebars, locator maps, and contact information for Wisconsin state and national forests round out this unique book.

About the Author

Candice Gaukel Andrews is a former screenwriter for Paramount Pictures and now specializes in nature and travel writing. Her other books include "Great Wisconsin Winter Weekends, The Minnesota Almanac, Travel Wild Wisconsin, An Adventurous Natures: Tales from Natural Habitat Adventures." She lives in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin.

Praise For Beyond the Trees: Stories of Wisconsin Forests

"Explorers looking for an accessible, comprehensive naturalist guide to Wisconsin forests will be happy to read Beyond the Trees: Stories of Wisconsin Forests, by Candice Gaukel Andrews. While many nature books and field guides seek to achieve some semblance of interesting narrative that goes beyond a dry exposition of scientific names and geologic eras, Andrews’s book takes the idea of nature exploration as storytelling to a new level." (ForeWord Reviews)
"Recognizing the social and ecological values of Wisconsin's forest resources helps us to achieve a more equitable and sustainable use of some of the most beautiful places on earth — our forests. Beyond the Trees reaches back into history — linking our forests together and at the same time seeing their great differences. This splendid book allows each reader the chance to explore the intimate reaches of Wisconsin's forest history with depth and excitement, mystery and adventure." (Nina Leopold Bradley, founder and director, the Aldo Leopold Foundation)

"Beyond the Trees is important in a state where forests make major contributions to the economic, recreational, and aesthetic well-being of its citizens. Andrews's first-person narrative provides readers with a taste of specific landscapes and familiarity with the people who molded that landscape, past and present. For citizens of Wisconsin, the book expands their awareness of their heritage. For visitors, it will help them enjoy both Wisconsin forests and culture." (Lowell Klessig, professor emeritus of natural resources at the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point)

"Beyond the Trees takes an up-close, clear, and informed look at the terrain, wildlife, foliage, and moods that distinguish our most cherished wooded landscapes. Be it orchids in the wild or wild ricing rituals, this book distinguishes the natural nuances within our forests and pays attention to the people who watch over our them with passion and purpose." (Mary Bergin (, author of Sidetracked in Wisconsin, Hungry for Wisconsin, and Sidetracked in the Midwest)

“This book offers not only a valuable guide to the reader preparing for a visit to one of Wisconsin’s state and national forests, it also can be read cover to cover as a fascinating and thorough Wisconsin environmental history. . . . Aldo Leopold in A Sand County Almanac told the history of conservation through the chronology of the Good Oak’s annual rings; Candice Gaukel Andrews tells Wisconsin’s environmental history by exploring the unique personality of each forest.” (R. Bruce Allison, author of Every Root an Anchor: Wisconsin’s Famous and Historic Trees)

“Candice Gaukel Andrews brings Wisconsin’s natural world alive in marvelously crafted explorations of the state’s forests. She captures the majesty and power of the woodlands in all their glory. . . .This is a bookshelf must-have for anyone who respects and honors Wisconsin’s beauty as much as does this gifted author” (Martin Hintz, author of Wisconsin: Off the Beaten Path and Forgotten Tales of Wisconsin)

“Since the dawn of humankind, in pockets throughout our planet, nature and humans have been irrevocably intertwined.  As I find out in Beyond the Trees, so it is true in Wisconsin’s forests. As a worldwide nature traveler and a history buff, I was captured at every turn of the page by Andrews’s poetic imagery of the state’s natural history and her captivating accounts of the characters who brought this nature to life.” (Ben Bressler, founder and director, Natural Habitat Adventures)

2012 Winner in the Science/Nature/Environment Category from Next Generation Indie Book Awards
2011 Winner in the Nature Category from Midwest Independent Publishers Association
2011 Midwest Connections Pick from the Midwest Booksellers Association